Israeli Prime Minister asks Israelis to Adopt Namaste instead of Handshake to Prevent Coronavirus
GUWAHATI: In the midst of current coronavirus outbreak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has encouraged his countrymen to adopt ‘Namaste’ - the Indian way of greeting - instead of the normal handshake as one of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
At a press conference following a review meeting to fight the spread of coronavirus, Netanyahu said that several measures will be announced to prevent the spread of coronavirus but some simple measures like avoiding the normal handshake while greeting people may possibly be replaced with other forms of greetings like the Indian ‘Namaste’.
He also demonstrated at the press conference as to how the Indians do ‘Namaste’ while greeting people.
Netanyahu said that “we are in the middle of a global epidemic”, but Israel has done well as it was quick in taking action to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
“We have had to take rigorous steps to slow the spread of the disease in Israel, we have taken select isolation and flight policies and measures for flights,” he added.
Israel has 15 confirmed cases of the deadly virus but no deaths, with some 7,000 others in home-quarantine.
(With inputs from PTI)
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